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Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard 2005

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Notes on the Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2005 : WINEMAKER NOTES: Ripe and forward on the nose, the wine displays enticing fresh fruit aromas of pineapple, tangerine and pear with a dash of lemon zest. Hints of creaminess, from malolactic fermentation, blend nicely with the oak notes of clove and nutmeg, producing a wine with layers of complexity. The palate is round and lush with concentrated fruit and a subtle layer of oak spice. The natural acidity of these cool climate Chardonnay grapes gives the wine a firm structure and a refreshing finish. CHAPPELLET CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY 2005

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Chappellet Vineyard:
The Chappellets’ romance with Pritchard Hill started when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed its spectacular vistas. Perched 1,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, the atmosphere at the Chappellet family's winery and Pritchard Hill estate vineyards is serene and peaceful. You can't help but fall in love with the breathtaking views and the gentle mountain Donn and Molly Chappellet ... Read more
The Chappellets’ romance with Pritchard Hill started when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed its spectacular vistas. Perched 1,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, the atmosphere at the Chappellet family's winery and Pritchard Hill estate vineyards is serene and peaceful. You can't help but fall in love with the breathtaking views and the gentle mountain Donn and Molly Chappellet made their home. The Chappellet family has been crafting world class wines from their Pritchard Hill estate vineyards since 1967. Spurred by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills and that mountain fruit would make superior wine, Chappellet followed the advice of legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff and settled on the rocky eastern slopes of the Napa Valley. The Chappellets were the first to plant vineyards exclusively on high elevation hillsides and the second winery to be established in the Napa Valley after Prohibition. The foundation of Chappellet winemaking program is focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the unique characteristics of the fruit from Pritchard Hill. The rugged terroir of Chappellet's vineyards produces wines with great intensity and depth, qualities that define the world's finest wines. For four decades Chappellet wines have received high praise from wine critics and have been sought after by the world's premier collectors. Today the six Chappellet children share their parents’ romance with Pritchard Hill's complex rocky soils and magnificent views. They are passionate about preserving the land by using sustainable farming techniques and continuing what their parents started: making extraordinary wines that express the distinctiveness of Pritchard Hill. Read less
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Member Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard

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Snooth User: eduardodelvino
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4.00 5
09/10/2009

Chappelet Cabernet is tasty, rich and well structured, like a good Bordeaux


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.50 5
05/15/2009

Stately currant nose, with some barnyard funk. Restrained, but elegantly complex. Very smooth. Acidic, but not at all sour. Velvet hammer. Narrow start, then it unfolds. Some pencil lead. Huge but focused.


Snooth User: chock
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2.50 5
05/03/2008

We'd normally give a good Chappellet cab a higher rating, but we cracked open a bottle of the 2005 this evening (May '08) and it was a little below expectations. It definitely opened up and got better after it breathed a little. But still not as nice as a bottle of Bordeaux that we opened right after this one for half the price.


Snooth User: grantlabt
1218958
4.00 5
12/15/2009

Great wine. Really opened up in the decanter. Fruit forward with a hint of chocolate. Full bodied and long finish.


Snooth User: AlexaFlagler
1394375
5.00 5
02/19/2009

This wine is aging beautifully, we opened a bottle last week and it was amazing... especially with a grea lamb dinner!


4.00 5
06/18/2013

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard

External Review
05/18/2011

A young, tight, closed mountain Cabernet that should follow a graceful aging curve. Pours inky dark, giving off muted aromas of oak, forest floor and wild blackberries. Dense and tannic now, with rich fruit just waiting to emerge. This clasically proportioned wine should begin to be drinkable after 2010.


External Review
05/18/2011

With ripe, fleshy currant, black cherry, herb and cedary notes, this is an elegant wine with flavors and texture that grow on you, finishing with excellent depth and firm tannins. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
05/18/2011

Elegantly styled with a wonderful sense of balance. Offers a complex core of currant, anise, sage and a splash of vanilla and mocha, finishing with ripe, fine-grained tannins that flex their muscles on the finish. Best from 2006 through 2012.


External Review
05/18/2011

The youthful 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon's dense ruby/purple color is followed by classic aromas of creme de cassis, white flowers, crushed rocks, and a subtle touch of wood. Medium-bodied with a sweet attack, firm tannin, and beautiful purity, texture as well as length, it will benefit from another 1-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 12-15+ years.


External Review
05/18/2011

Assertive herb, anise, blackberry and wild berry fruit is tight, firm, tannic and well-structured, picking up depth and length on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2016.


External Review
05/18/2011

The rocky soils of Pritchard Hill above Napa Valley produce some of the region's most collectible wines, and Chappellet, founded in 1967, is one of the area's established producers. The warm, consistent growing season combined with strict control of the crop allowed winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus to produce this graceful yet complex wine.


External Review
05/18/2011

The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Donn Chappellet's deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet, ripe fruit on the mid-palate, an attractive, plush texture, and a spicy finish. This elegant, medium-bodied, delicious, savory Cabernet should be enjoyed over the next decade.


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Notes on the Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2005 : WINEMAKER NOTES: Ripe and forward on the nose, the wine displays enticing fresh fruit aromas of pineapple, tangerine and pear with a dash of lemon zest. Hints of creaminess, from malolactic fermentation, blend nicely with the oak notes of clove and nutmeg, producing a wine with layers of complexity. The palate is round and lush with concentrated fruit and a subtle layer of oak spice. The natural acidity of these cool climate Chardonnay grapes gives the wine a firm structure and a refreshing finish. CHAPPELLET CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY 2005

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